ArchDaily Photographs: Tom BisigTeam:Markus LeixnerClient:PrivateGeneral Contractor:GGS AG HolzbauGross Floor Area:205 m2Site Area:525 m2Building Volume:668 m3City:ZiefenCountry:SwitzerlandMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Tom BisigRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Ductal® Cladding Panels (EU)WoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesFiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupFacade Panels – concrete skinText description provided by the architects. House C is a two-story low budget single-family house for a family of 5 in Ziefen, a village near Basel, Switzerland.The cube and wooden construction can be described as a contemporary variation of a half-timbered farmhouse with a simple distributed standard sized wooden structure. The compact volume is based on a square, insulated partly with an attached layer of unheated spaces on two of its sides. These unheated spaces offer a large porch, a loggia, a wardrobe, boiler room and storage.Save this picture!© Tom BisigThe simple plan is organized by a centrally located, load-bearing concrete staircase. The staircase divides the space into a more public and a more private area. The rough use of materials like wood and concrete and the consistent use of industrial materials adjusted to the project’s needs, enabled the reduction of construction costs so that the family could afford a custom made home instead of buying a prefab house out of a catalogue.Save this picture!© Tom BisigOn the ground floor the simple floor plan is providing a large entrance and wardrobe in the non-insulated wrapping of the building. The core building provides an office space, the master bedroom with bathroom and a spacious bright living room including the kitchen area. The living and kitchen area is fully glazed with an openable glass front towards the large porch alongside the garden. The upper floor provides three smaller sized bedrooms for the children, a bathroom, larger open spaces on both sides of the staircase with open use, as well as a laundry. The large decked loggia is located in the attached layer oriented in westerly direction.Save this picture!© Tom BisigFor economic reasons the house has only a foundation and no basement, something rather unusual for Swiss standards. The clients demand for favorable operating costs and high ecological standards is achieved with photovoltaic panels integrated in the roof and a geothermal exchanger. The small budget was met by a high use of prefabricated elements, and a contractor specialized in prefab houses.Save this picture!© Tom BisigProject gallerySee allShow lessPlayful “Thailine” Provides Bangkok with Invaluable Green SpaceUnbuilt ProjectGoogle’s King Kross HQ / Allford Hall Monaghan MorrisSelected Projects Share Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/792757/house-c-hhf Clipboard House C / HHF House C / HHFSave this projectSaveHouse C / HHF+ 13 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/792757/house-c-hhf Clipboard “COPY” CopyAbout this officeHHFOfficeFollowProductsWoodPlastic#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesZiefenSwitzerlandPublished on August 08, 2016Cite: “House C / HHF” 08 Aug 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Hundreds of thousands — maybe millions — of Iraqis demonstrated in Baghdad, Basra and other major Iraqi cities on Jan. 24. They demanded the U.S. pull its remaining 5,200 troops out of Iraq. U.S. imperialism has occupied Iraq since the 2003 illegal invasion of the country, carried out under the phony pretext that the Iraqi government was developing “weapons of mass destruction.”Massive anti-U.S. outpouring in Baghdad, Jan. 24.The demonstrators, who approached the “Green Zone” where the U.S. Embassy is located, waved the Iraqi flag and shouted: “Out, out with the occupier!” and “Yes to sovereignty.” Iraq Security Forces estimated the crowd at 250,000. Other estimates reached as high as 2.5 million.Organizations associated with the influential Shiite leader Muktada al-Sadr initiated and organized the protest. It took place three weeks after Washington murdered Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi military leader Abu Mahdi-al-Muhandis in a drone strike. While the Iraqi population in general opposes the U.S. troop presence, this opposition has grown stronger since the assassination of the two leaders. The Iraqi people fear and resist having Iraq be the scene for a military confrontation between the U.S. and Iran. In response to the assassinations, the Iraqi Parliament voted to expel the U.S. troops from their country on Jan. 6.At the Jan. 24 demonstration in Baghdad, a spokesperson for Al-Sadr read the Shiite leader’s statement demanding the withdrawal of U.S. troops, the cancellation of “security agreements” with Washington and the closure of Iraqi airspace to military aircraft. He warned the U.S. president not to be arrogant toward Iraqi representatives, saying that if the U.S. did not meet the demands, it would be considered “hostile to Iraq.”The New York Times of Jan. 24 reported that many marchers carried signs in English aimed at the U.S. public such as: “To the families of American soldiers. Insist on the withdrawal of your sons from our country or prepare their coffins.” The reasons for the hatred of the U.S. occupation should be easy to understand: From 1990 to 2003, strict U.S. sanctions against Iraq caused the death of 1.5 million Iraqis, including 500,000 children under the age of five. The 2003 U.S.-led invasion and occupation killed hundreds of thousands more Iraqis and displaced millions. Also, the U.S. exacerbated religious and ethic differences that virtually destroyed Iraqi society.Parallel to the movement led by Al-Sadr, a massive movement over the past months has been protesting corruption within the Iraqi government and demanding Iraqi sovereignty. Al-Sadr withdrew his prior support for this movement right after the Jan. 24 demonstration. Iraqi government forces then severely repressed anti-government demonstrators on Jan. 25 and 26.Despite the internal contradictions in Iraqi society — which if underestimated would lead to political errors — a large majority of Iraqis share opposition to the ongoing U.S. occupation of their country.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
A Pasadena-based scientist along with an international team of astronomers has charted the rise and fall of galaxies in over 90 percent of the universe’s cosmic history, an accomplishment published recently by The Astrophysics Journal.Eric Persson, of the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, built the instruments used in the FourStar Galaxy Evolution Survey (ZFOURGE) which created multicolored photos of galaxies as they swelled from their humble beginnings as dust clouds into the grandiose giants they are now, according to a statement released by Carnegie Science to the media.Astronomers at the Carnegie Observatories, situated on quiet Santa Barbara Street off North Lake Avenue, have played a pivotal role ion the past century of astronomy. Carnegie astronomers continue to play a pivotal role in studying and understanding the early universe.To create the photos, Persson and the team of scientists had to measure distance and brightness of over 700,000 galaxies spanning 12 billion years of cosmic time, according to the release.The team then used infrared detecting filters and took images with them using the Baade Telescope in Las Campanas, Chile, creating a 3D map which revealed that galaxies have existed as early as 12.5 years ago, less than 10 percent of universe’s current age.“Perhaps the most surprising result is that galaxies in the young universe appear as diverse as they are today, when the universe is older and much more evolved, “ said lead author Caroline Straatman in the press release, a recent graduate of Leiden University. “The fact that we see young galaxies in the distant universe that have already shut down star formation is remarkable.”According to the press release, the ZFOURGE has given scientists the best view of our universe’s youth yet. In the study’s earliest stages, the team found a cluster of galaxies formed 11 billion years ago, which they dubbed “galaxy city.”“The combination of FourStar, the special filters, Magellan and the conditions at Las Campanas led to the detection of the cluster,” said Persson in the media statement. “It was in a very well-studied region of the sky — hiding in plain sight.”The Carnegie Observatory first opened in Pasadena in 1904 as the Mount Wilson observatory, where Edwin Hubble transformed our notions of space with his famed telescope.For more, see http://obs.carnegiescience.edu/ 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Science and Technology Local Scientist Helps Chart the Rise and Fall of Galaxies Across 90 Percent of Cosmic History By RON ROKHY Published on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 | 5:26 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Community News Subscribe Make a comment Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Herbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Tips To Rejuvenate Winter Dry, Chapped LipsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNerdy Movie Kids Who Look Unrecognizable TodayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff Top of the News
Make a comment Government Rep. Chu Joins Tri-Caucus Leadership to Oppose Nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General Published on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 | 12:58 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyTop 9 Predicted Haircut Trends Of 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKeep Your Skin Flawless With These Indian Beauty RemediesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeauty Yesterday, the Congressional Tri-Caucus – which is composed of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) – sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee opposing the nomination of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. The Chairs of the Congressional Tri-Caucus released the following statements:The Tri-Caucus is deeply concerned by the nomination and potential confirmation of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General,” said CAPAC Chairwoman Judy Chu (CA-27). “The U.S. Attorney General plays a critical role in protecting the civil rights of all Americans. Unfortunately, Senator Sessions has consistently opposed issues that are important to the communities of color that we represent – from supporting anti-immigrant legislation to opposing voting rights, Senator Sessions has a disturbing record that makes him unfit to serve as our nation’s chief law enforcement officer. I join my Tri-Caucus colleagues in urging the Senate to oppose his nomination.”“It is important for us to speak with one voice in our opposition to the nomination of Sen. Sessions,” said CBC Chairman Cedric Richmond (LA-02). “His comments and his record indicate that his enforcement of the law or lack thereof would have a negative impact on communities of color. The Tri-Caucus will always stand together to protect the people we represent.”“Senator Sessions isn’t qualified to lead the federal law enforcement agency charged with protecting the civil rights of all Americans, given his views about minorities and immigrant families,” said CHC Chairwoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01). “More than 1,400 law school professors from across the nation have opposed his nomination because they believe Sessions ‘will not fairly enforce our nation’s laws and promote justice and equality in the United States.’ When you have fundamental disagreements with anti-discrimination laws, you are not qualified to uphold those laws that are intended to protect all people.”The text of the letter is available below:Dear Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Leahy:As the Chairs of the Congressional Tri-Caucus – composed of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus – we write to express our deep concerns about the nomination and possible confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions to serve as the 84th Attorney General of the United States. Senator Sessions has an alarming record that is of great concern to the communities of color we represent, from his views on race issues to his resistance towards improving our broken immigration system and restoring the right to vote.In 1986, President Reagan nominated Sessions, then a young U.S. attorney from Mobile, Alabama, as a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Alabama. Due to serious concerns regarding his insensitivity on issues of race, Sessions ultimately became only the second nominee in 50 years to be rejected by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Despite the fact that a Republican-controlled Judiciary Committee deemed Sessions too regressive on issues of race and civil rights to serve as a district court judge, President-elect Trump has nominated Sessions to serve as Attorney General. The nomination of Sessions as the top law enforcement official in the country makes it clear that the concerns expressed by communities of color have not been heard.Throughout his decades-long career in public service, Senator Sessions has found himself on the wrong side of countless issues that are vital to the well-being of the people and communities we represent. He has opposed essential components of the Voting Rights Act. He has served as an obstacle to criminal justice reform and a vocal proponent of the disastrous War on Drugs. He has also led the charge to deny equitable funding to public schools in Alabama, and demonstrated his resistance to advancing LGBTQ rights and women’s rights by opposing the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” as well as efforts to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work. He has opposed both our current legal immigration laws and efforts to reform our broken immigration system. On immigration, Senator Sessions does not only support a ban on Muslim immigrants, but opposes even our legal immigration system. He has implied that Syrian refugees fleeing war are “terrorists”, and has also attacked policies that support limited English proficient Americans. Even more concerning is the fact that Sessions does not even believe in upholding the concept of birthright citizenship, which is ingrained in our 14th Amendment.As Senator Sessions moves through the confirmation process, much will be made of his track record on issues of justice, equality, and civil rights. Many will debate the question of whether Sessions is or is not a racist. While this is a very important question that warrants consideration, it is ultimately a question for which there will be no definitive answer. What can be said definitively is that Senator Sessions, in a career spanning more than three decades in public service, has advocated for and in some cases implemented policies that are in direct conflict with the values of the Congressional Tri-Caucus, its members, and the people we represent. There is no doubt that Senator Jeff Sessions is unfit to lead a department he has long railed against, and that he will advance an agenda that will do great harm to citizens, immigrant communities, and people of color. We strongly urge the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote no on his nomination and instead advance an Attorney General who champions civil rights protections for all Americans.Sincerely,CEDRIC RICHMONDMember of CongressChair, Congressional Black CaucusJUDY CHUMember of CongressChair, Congressional Asian Pacific American CaucusMICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAMMember of CongressChair, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Facebook Twitter NewsHousingRents in Limerick city rise despite national rate coolingBy Rose Rushe – February 14, 2020 686 WhatsApp Advertisement TAGSdaft.ie Q$ 2019Irish Property Owners AssociationProfessor Ronan LyonsRental Tenancies Board Print THE last quarter for which we have national statistics for the rate at which rents fluctuate in the 26 counties is Q4 of 2019. Daft.ie’s reports issued four times annually are met with interest, given the enormous database from which it collates statistics.This portal to residential (and commercial) rentals and sales is used by virtually all estate agents and by private landlords who eschew an agency to let and maintain properties.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Note the Daft infographic that shows the biggest increase in rents charged in the country were in Limerick. This is true of the city especially, presenting an 8.3 per cent gain over Q4 2018. Properties in adjacent Clare were charging almost 8 per cent more than in the last quarter of 2018.The FG-FF coalition is deemed to have fallen on the twin spears of Housing and Health. Swathes of the electorate who voted were unmoved by a 95 per cent employment rate, years of slog for a stable Brexit and Ireland ranked by the UN in December as 3rd best country in the world for quality of life (pipped by Switzerland and Norway, tops).What is driving rents here up, vis a vis Dublin levelling off with household income maxed out in The Pale?Scarcity. Daft.ie’s analyst Prof Ronan Lyon of TCD makes the point that construction costs for apartments “make it unviable to build the thousands of new rental homes that are desperately needed.”Another factor is the thousands of private landlords bailing out of the sector due to steep taxes and the cost of refurbishment between tenancy turnovers.2019 closing data for rents: €1,402 national average €896 Limerick county€1,167 Limerick city( €667 average mortgage)Feb 2020 – 76 properties availableWith a burgeoning jobs market in the Mid-Wests biopharma, food, finance, tech and aviation sectors, there has been a major influx in professional workers and their families moving to Limerick. From Cook Medical to WP Engine, Johnson & Johnson to Regeneron, recruitment campaigns by locally rooted industry are bringing an educated populace to the Mid-West.For sure, new residential stock is coming on board in the suburbs, in city new builds and the remodelling of older properties. But in a market of rising residential values, owners of landbanks and builders know that their assets are appreciating all the time. Limerick City and County Council is backing a €12mn investment in public housing so future supply is being addressed.The good news is that available rental accommodation nationally has increased by 10 per cent in 2020 since last year. Much of this is driven by tax-friendly house sharing in a landlord’s principal private residence, such contracts being outside the remit of the Rental Tenancies Board. The most recent rental index for the Board is Q3 of 2019. The Irish Property Owners Association (IPOA) had a big reaction to news that there were 21,235 tenancies registered in Q3 2019 compared to 25,448 in Q3 2018.“There was a drop of 17 per cent in the amount of tenancies registered,” commented Stephen Faughnan of the IPOA. “Rent Pressure Zones limit the income of investors without limiting the cost of the provision of the accommodation. Property owners who rewarded good tenants by keeping the rent low have been unfairly and substantially disadvantaged.“A recent survey carried out by IPOA revealed that 31 per cent of landlords were sub-venting their mortgage from other income, and 71 per cent of landlords were letting below market rent. 25 per cent of landlords had rent [pegged at] 33 per cent below market rent.”Mr Faughan went on to state that “sadly, 44 per cent of landlords surveyed stated that they intended to leave the market in the next five years.”Another statistic: “Between 2016 and 2018 over 2000 landlords left the sector and over 12,000 rental homes are no longer available.” Email Linkedin Previous article€6m investment brings 50 new jobs to BallinaNext articleJoe Rooney: Shut up and laugh Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Post
Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink FHFA director Mark Calabria and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (Getty)It’s unclear if the Trump administration will achieve its goal of ending the government’s involvement in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that he’s unlikely to support a consent order that would end the government’s conservatorship of the mortgage-finance giants before President Donald Trump leaves office.Instead, Mnuchin said he is focused on ways for Fannie and Freddie to build capital to absorb future losses and eventually raise money from new investors. He said he did not want to do anything that puts taxpayers at “additional risk.”“We also want to be careful that we don’t do anything that overnight would limit access to mortgage finance,” Mnuchin said in the interview.ADVERTISEMENTBut the treasury secretary’s comments conflict with a new report from Business Insider, alleging that Fannie Mae executives have told top employees to be prepared to work over the holidays, as an “11th-hour release” from the conservatorship agreement may be coming. Business Insider cited sources familiar with the matter and internal communications.The continued government involvement with Fannie and Freddie has become a hot-button issue for free-market conservatives, who believe the mortgage companies should return to privatization since going under government control after the financial crisis.Mark Calabria, the director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie and Freddie, wanted to expedite this process before Biden took office. He wanted the government to take legal steps that the next administration would be hard to reverse, but needed Mnuchin’s approval in order to do so.Previously, Calabria was attempting to put together $240 billion in capital that Fannie and Freddie would need to hold to go private.Fannie and Freddie do not originate home loans, but rather guarantee the mortgages by purchasing and securitizing loans which they then sell to investors. The agencies play a crucial role in the pricing of home loans and the 30-year fixed rate mortgage.The government took over the entities after the 2008 financial crisis to stave off insolvency because of their exposure to subprime loans.[WSJ, BI] — Keith Larsen Tagsfannie maefreddie macMortgagesResidential Real Estate Share via Shortlink
This study examined high temperature survival and heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70) responses to temperature variation for two marine invertebrate species on sub-Antarctic Marion Island. The isopod Exosphaeroma gigas Leach and the amphipod Hyale hirtipalma Dana had the same tolerance to high temperature. The mean upper temperature which was lethal for 50% of the population (upper lethal temperature, ULT50) was 26.4°C for both species. However, the isopod E. gigas showed significant plasticity of ULT50, with a positive response to acclimation. In addition, the isopod had a heat shock response of Hsp70 at all acclimations, and the amount of Hsp70 protein increased significantly from basal levels upon an acute warm exposure after a cold acclimation. By contrast, the amphipod H. hirtipalma showed limited plasticity of ULT50 and no evidence for a heat shock response (failure of three different Hsp70 antibodies to bind to the extracted 70kDa proteins). Overall, these results reflect different flexibility of thermal tolerance of intertidal invertebrate species on Marion Island, with possible variation in the underlying cellular mechanisms, suggesting that warming associated with climate change may result in changes in species assemblage structure in sub-polar environments.
By Maddy VitaleThe Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce released its 2018 Annual Review detailing the ways it is showcasing the resort’s beaches, Boardwalk, family-friendly entertainment, shops and eateries through a strong and focused marketing plan.Chamber Executive Director Michele Gillian said her team has had positive results by utilizing traditional and newer forms of advertising to expand the message to visitors that Ocean City should be their vacation destination.Ocean City’s traditional advertising encompasses such things as newspapers, magazines, TV, radio, visitor guides and billboards.While continuing these traditional methods, the Chamber has also been very active in promoting the city by utilizing online advertising through websites and apps, Gillian explained.“We always stress that it is important to maintain our traditional forms of advertising, while incorporating newer forms of advertising into the marketing and advertising plan for Ocean City,” she said. “Through our analytics, we can certainly see the move toward newer forms of communication.”Here is an Ocean City tourism commercial for 2019 provided by the Chamber of Commerce.In just five years, a lot has changed with how people receive and get their information about Ocean City, which is why firms specializing in digital and tradition platforms work alongside Gillian and her staff.The Chamber’s www.oceancityvacation.com website traffic also continues to grow.According to the 2018 Annual Review, compiled by Chamber Marketing Director Shawnda McGinnis, almost 56 percent of the website users viewed the site with a mobile device, as opposed to the traditional desktop computer.That is a dramatic departure from 2014, when just 2 percent of the visitors viewed the website via a mobile device and 80 percent used desktop computers, Gillian noted.As usual, Ocean City’s beaches continue to be a big draw for visitors.And in even more changes, Apple iPhones now account for 57 percent of devices used to view the resort websites, whereas five years ago they only accounted for 6 percent, Gillian added.“This stressed the change in our society and in technology,” Gillian reflected. “Ocean City has prided itself in keeping up with technology.”With a change in how people get their information, the Chamber keeps a targeted market plan, working with various media-savvy companies to develop marketing strategies so that people continue to view the website of “America’s Greatest Family Resort” and select Ocean City for their vacation getaway.The Chamber also continues to highlight some of the many accolades the destination retreat has gotten over the years, including being named “Best Beach in America” and “America’s Happiest Seaside Town” by Coastal Living magazine.Pedestrians and bikers enjoy the Ocean City Boardwalk on a sunny August 2018 day.One of the ways Ocean City keeps current and relevant, when there are so many other vacation spots for people to choose from on the Jersey Shore, is to draw people from all age groups. While families continue to be the driving force of tourism in Ocean City, officials are working hard to attract all ages, including millennials, ages 25 to 44. And what they are doing seems to be working, the Chamber’s review shows.In addition to the traditional www.oceancityvacation.com website, there is a mobile version, and more importantly, the Ocean City Vacation app, providing newer ways to connect with vacationers.Gillian said the app is geared toward attracting younger audiences as well as people of all ages, but some of the results have been surprising.“People often believe that apps are for the younger generations. However, 50 percent of the people who entered a contest we held on the app were over the age of 51,” Gillian noted. “This also correlates with the demographics on the website and with Visitor Guide requests.”Gillian added that the Chamber has been very successful in reaching the younger generations through the advertising and marketing campaigns for Ocean City through social media outlets, as well as through advertising on apps such as Waze and YouTube.This past season alone, Gillian said, the Waze analytics showed more than 17,000 navigations and more than 450,000 impressions.While a lot of things change over the years when it comes to trends, some things do stay the same.Year after year the main areas of interest for Ocean City vacationers continue to be the Chamber website’s calendar of events, vacation rental searches, where to stay, where to shop, and restaurants.And where vacationers come from remains the same with the core travelers visiting from the Tri-State area — New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.The tourism campaign kickoff for the 2019 summer season began last month and will extend through June by promoting more attractions, new shops, the Boardwalk and seven miles of beaches.Manco and Manco is a popular pizza stop on the Boardwalk. This is where Ocean City officials went to meet up with Martin Z. Mollusk while using social distancing.
By Jon Zimney – May 16, 2020 0 423 Ceiling fan that overheated to blame for apartment fire in Elkhart IndianaLocalNews Previous articleHuge turnout, donations for United Against Hunger Drive-Thru Food DriveNext article8-year-old boy rescued from Dowagiac River Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Google+ Google+ Twitter Facebook WhatsApp (Bill Beck/Elkhart Truth) A bathroom exhaust fan that overheated is to blame for a fire at Williamsburg on the Lake Apartments in Elkhart.Crews were called to the complex on Pleasant Plain Avenue around 3:50 p.m. on Saturday, May 16.On arrival, crews found light smoke coming out of the front door. As they entered, they noted medium smoke on the second floor. They went to the second floor, entered the bathroom and found a small amount of fire in the bathroom.The fire was quickly extinguished with a hose.The investigation found that when the bathroom exhaust fan overheated, it dropped burning plastic onto the floor, rugs and into the trash can.The fire started to extend into the attic area.One of the other occupants stated that he had left the fan on prior to leaving the apartmentearlier in the day.The fire was ruled accidental in nature. There was no damage to other apartments orany other occupants displaced. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp
The motto of Special Olympics Notre Dame reads, “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt,” a phrase club vice president and senior Andrew Hosbein said describes the club’s mission well.“You hear the Vince Lombardi quote, ‘Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing,’ and from that you take sports to be ultra-competitive, which they are – who doesn’t want to win?” Hosbein said. “Yet, at the same time, one must be comfortable that they tried their best, and that’s what we try encourage through the club at Notre Dame.”Special Olympics Notre Dame, founded in 2010, connects students with members of the South Bend community with intellectual disabilities.Club co-president and senior Molly Reidy said relationships between students and Special Olympic athletes develop through participation in sports. Pick-up basketball, swimming and ice-skating are some of the largest events the club plans throughout the year, she said.“One of the biggest things I think is important to know about our club is that we’re not an event on campus, but we’re a club that plans events year around,” Reidy said.The club also plans a Special Olympics soccer program, Unified Soccer, each spring, Reidy said.Hosbein said Unified Soccer provides students and athletes with an opportunity to play on a team together.“What I think is really unique about Unified is the participation on the part of the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students,” Reidy said. “They are able to get involved rather than just standing on the sideline and giving pointers. And I think that’s really valuable not only for the students, but also the athletes. They feel like they’re a part of an actual team and aren’t just being instructed on how to get better. While that’s certainly a goal, the camaraderie that the students and athletes develop is special.”Unified Soccer didn’t have any local teams like it to play against when it began, but club co-president and senior Laura Gardner said the popularity of the program has since grown to include away games in Michigan. The involvement between club members and athletes provides students with a sense of pride as they see athletes improve and develop, Gardner said.“Volunteers learn to be adaptable to the kids, and in the end, after a whole season of soccer practices, it’s amazing to see children that you work with actually develop day by day in terms of skills and maturity,” Gardner said. “We had our first Unified Soccer practice today, and one of the kids from last year was directing a new kid this year and saying, ‘This is what I learned last year; this is how you should incorporate it.’ … So that was really cool.”The connection between the city of South Bend and Special Olympics Notre Dame benefits those with disabilities and their families while also popping the “Notre Dame bubble,” Reidy said.“I think the fact that we are not only bridging the gap between the Notre Dame community and the South Bend community, but also bridging the gap between those with and without disabilities – I think it goes hand-in-hand really well,” Reidy said. “We’re not only being exposed to these athletes and what they’re capable of, but we’re being exposed to their families and the ways the athletes and their families find joy. And they find opportunity through our club through the events that we hold, which I think is really rewarding.”This spring, Special Olympics Notre Dame will also participate in ‘Spread the Word to End the Word,’ a national campaign to end the casual use of the word “retarded,” Reidy said.“It’s important to take time away from school, which can become all-consuming with work, friends and social life, finding a job – and return the favor,” Hosbein said. “It’s grounding and has engendered a sense of humility, and to me, there’s nothing better than seeing how excited an athlete gets after hitting a three or scoring a goal.“At the core, sports are about competition, but Special Olympics has shown me that making others happy by playing and teaching them skills can be just as satisfying as winning.”Tags: disability, South Bend, Special Olympics, Special Olympics Notre Dame, Unified Soccer